Book Club Mermaid Style

Fire of the Sea book club familybringsjoy.comBook club where I live is kind of a big deal. Each month it’s hosted at a book club member’s home. The majority of the time, hostesses will decorate according to the book we will be discussing. It’s not mandatory, we just have a lot of creative homemakers in our group. I was excited to host last month. Not only was I able to host, but we read a fantasy book I suggested Fire of the Sea. This is an extra special book as it was written by a dear friend of mine, Lyndsay Johnson. The main character, Aeva, is a mermaid.

Let me take you on a tour through our home.

Imagine you are swimming the seas around Iceland.

Do you hear the ocean sounds?

Do you smell the ocean breeze?

Good. 🙂 (Door mat from Target)

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Here, I took an old grapevine wreath I’ve used countless times and added some fishing net (Michaels.) I gently placed the sign (Hobby Lobby) inside the branches. No need to hot glue.

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Come on in!

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Everything you see here, I already had. I heart coastal decor, so truly I didn’t buy too much decor for this event. I typed up one of my favorite quotes from the book, printed it and put it in a frame. Lyndsay sent me some of her graphic work for the book. I printed it and framed it as well.

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Above, I added more of the book graphics onto this framed chicken wire (Michaels.) The map shows where Aeva’s adventures occur. The second graphic the family history tree of the Norse Gods. I put Lyndsay’s very cute bookmarks and buttons in this cute fish dish (Target.) I made the glass filled sand and shells several years ago.

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Here in the dining room I used wrapping paper (Michaels) as my base runner. I then added a fish net (Dollar Tree,) shells (Dollar Tree) and sea glass (Michaels.)

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I filled the sugar mold (found at a vintage show) with blue glass beads (Dollar Tree.)

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Let’s head to the kitchen

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Lobster dish towels & mermaid found at Marshall’s.

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Fire of the Sea book club familybringsjoy.com-21I bought some Scandinavian cookies & Swedish Fish from Ikea…as close to Iceland as I could get. Blue icing cupcakes were bought at Market Street.

Fire of the Sea book club familybringsjoy.com-19On the lunch menu was clam chowder in bread bowls. Of course we needed some oyster crackers to go in our soup. Shrimp was the perfect appetizer.

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To drink I served ocean water: Lemonade, Gingerale and Blue Hawiian Punch. We all liked it.

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At the kitchen table I also used the wrapping paper, fish net and glass beads. I added one of our Conch shells to the middle.

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Inside the Conch shell held some of the runes spoken of in the book. (Lyndsay let me borrow those.)

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Below are the first three beautiful women to arrive.

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Now come into my living room.

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Usually the boat is in our bedroom (bought it several years ago from Hobby Lobby.) I already had the old window and type drawer (bought at an antique barn several years ago.)

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I found these letter tags at Michaels for 50% off and couldn’t refuse.

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I was thrilled to find this beautiful mermaid statue at Hobby Lobby. I used my 40% off coupon from the Hobby Lobby app. (You need that app on your phone if you shop at Hobby Lobby a lot.) Again I typed & printed a quote from the book. I added it to this cute frame (Michael’s.)

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Again, I pulled that jar of green shells out of my bedroom and added Aeva’s arm band Lyndsay loaned me. I fell in love with those big, block “scrabble” letters (Michael’s.)

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Many of the shells I added to this type face drawer are ones we have collected at beaches we have been to over the years. I will keep this up all summer long. Lyndsay had the brilliant idea to add sea glass (Michael’s) as well. I love the contrast, depth and color it brings to the piece.

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Of course I had to show Lyndsay’s book trailer video too. I shall share it with you now.



Books Bring Joy,

Semi-Wordless Wednesday Wedding Style

Remember my friend who I helped host her bridal shower? Here are some photos I took at her gorgeous wedding…vintage style.
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Welcome to the magnificent glass Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Below, the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle.

Vintage Wedding

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Can I just say how much I HATE those huge ferns!  Really!?  They really are a distraction. Ok, I’m done ranting now.

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I love the above photo with the groom looking at my friend.  Just in this photo you can tell how much he loves her.

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I know the above photo is blurry, but I LOVE it!  He was so happy and was skipping down the aisle.  And the huge grin on both their faces is awesome.

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Above my friend’s daughters following the bride and groom down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.  A new family is born.

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Last photo I shot after the ceremony was over.  Isn’t this a romantic setting for a wedding?

So HAPPY for them!

Here I am on the way to the wedding sporting my new Chloe & Isabel Crystal + Chain Strands Stretch Headband and my favorite earrings called the Art Deco Starburst Earrings.  You know I had to throw this in. 😉  Us short haired girls can wear headbands too.

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Above photo shows me wearing the C + I Coral Statement Ring and Heirloom Coral Statement Necklace.  They were the perfect vintage feel to go with the wedding and the maxi dress I wore.  You can find these unique, quality jewelry pieces by going to Jewelry Brings Joy, my online boutique for Chloe + Isabel.

Weddings bring joy,